Lough Boora Discovery Park
Enjoy the magic of this unique Midlands nature-scape
Transformed from its previous incarnation as a commercial bog where peat was harvested to heat homes around the country, today Lough Boora Discovery Park is home to countless species of birds and wildlife, some fish-filled lakes and a permanent exhibition of huge outdoor sculptures. These sculptures give the park an other-worldly feel, created using the old industrial materials of the bog such as locomotives, rail-line and timber, all crafted into magnificent works of art. Bikes are available to hire to explore 22km of cycle paths or you can simply walk through the many car-free trails and enjoy the magic of this unique Midlands nature-scape.
The park is in a continuous state of flux depending on the season. Birds depart or arrive, breed and rear their young. Plants flower and fungi appear and disappear, while the resident animals go about their lives. There’s also 4 lakes in this 2,000 hectare site of cutaway bog, now a nature-lovers’ paradise. We promise you’ll feel free as a bird in Offaly’s own big sky wilderness. The raised bogs of the Midlands of Ireland evolved after the last Ice Age, around 15,000 years ago. Mesolithic people wandered through Ireland and one of the most important Mesolithic sites in Ireland is at Lough Boora. Two sites were excavated in 1977. You can visit the site of the ancient settlement by following the Mesolithic Route.
Bike hire is available on Saturday and Sunday. It can be rented on site or booked on line on the website below:
|Phone||+353 579340010 or +353 862896397|
|Admission||Free to visit Lough Boora Discovery Park (Car Parking €2)|
|Opening Times||Lough Boora Discovery Park is open 7 days a week 365 days a year (Visitor Centre 10am to 6pm until October 2015).|
|Distance||From Tullamore 16KM, Birr 24KM, Edenderry 33KM|
|Address||Lough Boora Discovery Park, Visitor Centre, Boora, Co.Offaly|